|Alfa Romeo Historical Museum|
|Established||18 December 1976|
|Location||Viale Alfa Romeo
Arese, Milan, Italy
Alfa Romeo Historical Museum (Il Museo Storico dell’Alfa Romeo), which opened on December 18, 1976, is located in Arese, Milan, Italy. The museum is located in the now unused Alfa Romeo Arese factory area, which stopped manufacturing of cars in 2003 and engines in 2005, with the museum, left is only Alfa Romeo style centre. The whole museum is dedicated to over 100 years of Alfa Romeo marque, which has produced various products like: automobiles, commercial vehicles, railway locomotives, tractors, buses, trams, marine and aircraft engines.
The museum spreads over 4,800 square metres (52,000 sq ft). Its six floors are divided into four theme areas, including a historical review of all Alfa Romeo road cars produced since 1910, prototypes and "dream cars", aircraft and aeronautical projects, and scale models and awards.
The museum has over 250 cars and 150 engines, of which approximately half are on view. These include at least one example of each model produced, plus prototypes and racing cars. The museum cars are also displayed on different car related happenings, like Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, Goodwood Festival of Speed and Mille Miglia.
At the beginning of 2009 the museum closed for renovations and opened in the end of 2009 to celebrate Alfa Romeo’s 100th birthday in 2010.
As of February 2011, the museum has been "closed for renovation". Right now, it is unclear if the museum will ever reopen. FIAT (owners of Alfa Romeo) have only confirmed that the museum is closed until further notice.
Scuderia del Portello is factory backed Alfa Romeo racing team which campaigns in vintage auto racing. The team was founded in 1982 by Alfa Romeo gentleman drivers and it got mandate to campaign and represents historical Alfa Romeo cars from Museo Storico dell’Alfa Romeo in 1989. The team participates to different exhibitions and vintage racings like Goodwood of Festival of Speed and Carrera Panamerica.
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